Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin reveals he tore tendon in his wrist


  • Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin spoke on Friday for the first time since his Nov. 18 surgery, and he explained that he suffered a torn tendon in his left wrist on his first shift of the third period in the team’s 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 15.

“I just fell on my wrist and twisted it,” Drouin said. “It’s just bad luck.”

  • Drouin’s expected timeline for recovery, approximated at eight weeks, hasn’t changed.
  • The 24-year-old said that the surgery was a success, that he was in a cast for two weeks and is now in a splint for the next number of weeks. He added that he should be able to resume cardiovascular training over the coming days.
  • But Drouin has no timeline as to when he’ll be able to use his wrist.

“I’m still in pain,” Drouin said.

  • He’s also frustrated about the timing of his injury — he had seven goals and 15 points and was among the Canadiens’ leading scorers — and the fact that he’s unavailable to help the team out of its current six-game winless streak.

“It’s disappointing,” the Ste. Agathe, Que., native said.

“But it’s part of hockey. I’m not the first player to suffer an injury and I won’t be the last, either. It’s up to me just keep my head up, have a good attitude and just continue to not lose it too much mentally because it could be awhile.

“Every athlete will tell you that when they can’t make a difference and they just have to wait around and watch what’s happening, it’s hard. I’m frustrated to see what’s happening on the ice and the results that we’re generating. Making a difference is why you’re part of a hockey team. It’s disappointing and it sucks (to not be able to help), but I’m trying to be positive also off the ice.”

  • Drouin is one of two Canadiens currently on the injured reserve list.
  • Forward Paul Byron had arthroscopic knee surgery on Nov. 19 and is expected to be sidelined until the fourth week of December.
Sources & Credits: Eric Engels, Sportsnet
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